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JFNA Daily Media Report -- March 20, 2012

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March 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Israel & Mideast:

In Mideast news, U.S. defense officials see big impacts from an Israeli strike on Iran; Fatah says Iran paid Hamas to scuttle the would-be Palestinian unity deal; and the U.S. says it will maintain major aid to Egypt amid a dispute over locally based non-profits.

N.Y. Times -- U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran
Haaretz -- Fatah: Iran paid Hamas to block Palestinian unity deal
Bloomberg News -- U.S. Prepares to Continue Egypt Military Aid Amid Dispute

For other security news, see this e-letter of JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN):

For other news on Israel, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page:

World Jewry:

The shocking attack at a Jewish school in France sparks one of France’s biggest manhunts in years; Euro anti-Semitism is rising, the ADL says; a global business newspaper cites JFNA and others reacting to the attack; Israel blasts an EU official’s comments likening the victims to Gaza children; Elie Wiesel looks at the tragedy; and Paul Goldenberg of JFNA's Secure Community Network looks at communal security, in a JTA op-ed. JFNA issued a briefing shortly after the attack, here:

Haaretz -- France’s largest manhunt in recent years underway for Toulouse shooter
Haaretz -- Anti-Semitism in Europe on the rise, ADL poll finds
International Business Times -- Jewish Groups Call Shooting "An Attack On All Of Us," NYPD Tightens Security At Jewish Sites (highlights, quotes JFNA)
N.Y. Times -- Israel Criticizes E.U. Official for Comments on French School Attack
JTA -- Toulouse victims to be buried in Israel
Jerusalem Post -- ‘Toulouse no longer safe for Jews’
Algemeiner (commentary) -- Elie Wiesel: The Tragedy in Toulouse
JTA (op-ed, SCN’s Paul Goldenberg) -- The day after, and the Jewish community remains open for business

Israel Advocacy:

The NY Times runs letters reacting to Monday’s op-ed by Peter Beinart urging a boycott of Israel (see the Israel Action Network’s response here:; the London Jewish Chronicle says despite many local anti-Israel efforts, UK-Israel trade remains strong; Haaretz looks at the wide array of English news sources in the Jewish world; and the Forward previews the upcoming J Street conference.

N.Y. Times (letter to editor) -- The Boycott Question in the Mideast
London Jewish Chronicle -- Boycott, what boycott? UK-Israel trade booming
Haaretz (analysis, Anshel Pfeffer) -- English-speaking Jewish readers have more news sources, but not enough facts
Forward -- J Street Hopes To Return Focus to Peace at Annual Conference

For more on Israel advocacy, see the Israel Action Network’s most recent IAN Insider:


E-Jewishphilanthropy features a piece on JFNA’s Fisher FLIGHT initiative; and the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports upcoming TribeFest speaker Jonathan Greenblatt will take up a White House post on social innovation.

Locally, Federations are featured in Las Vegas; New York; and Pittsburgh.


ejewishphilanthropy -- Fisher FLIGHT Turns High-Net People into High Powered Givers (highlights, quotes JFNA)
Chronicle of Philanthropy -- White House Names New Head of Social-Innovation Unit


Marketwire -- UJA-Federation of New York's J-1-1 Information & Referral Center Connects the New York Jewish Community With Local Passover Seders (highlights Federation)
Las Vegas Review-Journal -- Las Vegas Jewish group concerned about attack (highlights Federation)
Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle -- Federation shocked at terror attack in France (highlights Federation)

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